Saturday, April 01, 2017

The Public's View On Budget Increases And Decreases

Donald Trump has released his budget proposal for next year, and it would cut funding for nearly every domestic programs drastically while giving the Defense Department a hefty increase. Those cuts do not necessarily reflect the wishes of the American public.

The top chart shows the percentages of those who would increase or decrease the budgets of the individual programs and agencies. The second chart shows the percentage of those who think the funding should be kept at the current level. When you put the two charts together, you can see that Trump has an uphill battle to convince the public that his draconian budget is what the U.S. needs.

The charts were made from information in a new Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between March 26th and 28th of a random national sample of 1,500 adults (including 1,271 registered voters), with a margin of error of 3.1 points.

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